Crucible Reading Schedule

It is your responsibility to read sections of the text you miss when you are absent.  Being absent does not give you a free pass on quizzes.  If you are absent the day before we take a quiz, you are still responsible for the reading and will have to take the quiz the same day as everyone else.

Friday 04/24: Finish Act 1 over the weekend
Monday 04/27: Quiz over Act 1
Tuesday 04/28: Start Act 2
Wednesday 04/29: Continue Act 2 (continue collecting quotes – start finding quotes on a single character & focus your analysis on how that character changes over the course of the play.)
Thursday 04/30: Finish Act 2; start Act 3
Friday 05/01: Finish reading Act 3 in class
Monday 05/04:  Start Act 4
Tuesday 05/05: Continue / Finish Act 4
Thursday 05/07: Quiz over Acts 2-4; final split-quote check

The Crucible Pre-Research

Write a short research reflection on one of the topics below.  DO NOT SIMPLY COPY AND PASTE: use the quote format we’ve used before: tag + quote + cite + explanation.  For internet sources, simply cite where you got the info in the tag: According to the Discovery Education website, the Salem Witch Trials occurred because “yadda yadda yadda.”

WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A CREDIBLE SOURCE SO DON’T USE IT. I’ve provided a few links below each topic to get you started (you can use other sites as well – look for sites that end with .gov, .edu, .org). Try to finish today – this is the only day we have in the lab for this.  Print what you have done by the end of the hour and bring it with you to class on Friday for group-fun-seminar-time! The research reflection is worth 50 points.

1. Write a short informative piece about the Salem Witch Trials – the setting of the play. Explain what they were, who was involved, when they occurred, & why they happened.  Here are some links to get you started.

2. Write a short informative piece about McCarthyism & “The Red Scare” in the 1950’s – the period during which the play was written. Explain what it was, who was involved, when it occurred, & why it happened.

3. Write a short informative piece about Puritanism – the philosophy of the characters in our play (and, in a nice circular move, a return to where we started the school year). Include the covenants of Puritanism, the elect & unregenerate & predestination, & the protestant work ethic.

The Crucible Pre-Reading Activities

Students wrote on the following prompts on Monday & discussed the ideas in seminar on Tuesday & Wednesday.


Write 150 words of freewrite about each of these situations for seminar.

  1. A friend asks you to sign a petition to have a teacher suspended from school for “unprofessional activities in the classroom.” Your friend says that if you would sign more people would be interested in the problem because a lot of people know and respect you.  Besides, she says, “You know what a jerk Mr. Smith is.  And we have to get people like this out of the school, and besides, it’s just a piece of paper.” You, however, don’t know Mr. Smith very well.  You have heard rumors about his classroom sometimes getting out of control, but otherwise you never met the man. What will you do?  What will you tell your friend?  Why will you do this?


  1. Write about a time when you feel you have had to go against the crowd. Have you ever disobeyed authority to protect your friends?  Have you ever gone against your friends and sided with authority because you thought it was important?  Discuss the situation.  Explain what happened, what you did, why you did it, and how you felt then and now about what happened.